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The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents Mangia! - Holiday Music with the Flavor of Italy

December 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or

New York, NY – The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director will present Mangia! - Holiday Music with the Flavor of Italy on Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan. The program will be presented with orchestral accompaniment.

The Cecilia Chorus of New York was founded in 1906 as the St. Cecilia Chorus.

This program features Vivaldi’s Gloria and several underperformed works, including Three Motets by a female master of the Baroque Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704), The Christmas Story (1950) a setting of Handel's Messiah text by former Juilliard president and Italian-American composer Peter Mennin (born Mennini) and the World Premiere of emerging composer Raphael Fusco’s Divis Cetera: an Ode from Mount Soracte.

Soloists for this performance will be Julia Bullock, soprano, Rachael Wilson, mezzo-soprano, Cullen Gandy, tenor and Eric Downs, bass.

Tickets for the December 22 concert range from $25 to $80, and can be purchased online at, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th St and Seventh Ave. For more information about this concert, visit or call 646-638-2535.

The Cecilia Chorus of New York, a secular chorus, was founded in 1906 as a women's group by Metropolitan Opera coach Victor Harris. Since its’ founding, the Chorus has evolved into one of the finest non-professional performing arts organizations in New York City, and has left its mark on American musical history. The Chorus also regularly performs with professional soloists and full orchestras.

Music Director Mark Shapiro was appointed the seventh Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York in 2011. He is one of a handful of artistic leaders in North America to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, achieving the unique distinction of winning such an award with more than one ensemble. His work has been praised by The New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” and “uncommon polish,” and characterized by New Jersey’s Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” The 2012-13 season is the first Maestro Shapiro has helped to plan. His bio is online at

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